Report: Fatah al-Islam leader dies in Syria

April 25, 2012 17:25


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BEIRUT - A leader of the Lebanese group Fatah al-Islam, Abdel Ghani Jawhar, has died in Syria while trying to plant a bomb for rebels fighting President Bashar Assad, Lebanese security sources said on Wednesday.

Jawhar's involvement with Syria's armed opposition, who have been trying to topple Assad for more than a year, will embarrass Assad's opponents who have denied Syrian government assertions that it is fighting an "armed terrorist" revolt.

The security sources said that Jawhar died on Friday in the town of Qusair, a few miles into Syria from the Lebanese border and a hotbed for anti-Assad sentiment.

Jawhar used to be a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, but joined the more radical Fatah al-Islam group two years ago.

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